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Amtrak proposes $7B for Union Station upgrades

Associated Press//July 25, 2012

Amtrak proposes $7B for Union Station upgrades

By Associated Press

//July 25, 2012

WASHINGTON — Amtrak is proposing a $7 billion to upgrade Union Station in Washington to turn it into a high-speed rail hub for the Northeast.

The Washington Post reports that a plan to be unveiled Wednesday afternoon calls for doubling the number of trains the station can accommodate. Amtrak would add new platforms, tracks and stores. Six tracks for high-speed rail would be added. There would also be a 50-foot-wide, 100-foot-long glass-enclosed main concourse.

A developer is also planning a $1.5 billion complex of offices, residential towers and a hotel that would be built on a deck over the tracks behind the station.

Union Station, which opened in 1907, is the second-busiest station in the country.

Amtrak has not yet laid out how the project would be funded.

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